Human Rights Commission Takes on Trump
Commission signs a resolution reaffirming city's commitment to "inclusion, equity, and freedom for all"
America's election of Donald Trump and the hostile fallout from a campaign marked by misogyny, racism, and xenophobia encouraged the city's Human Rights Commission to pass a resolution reaffirming Austin's commitment to "inclusion, equity, and freedom for all." The measure additionally condemns anti-LGBTQ Senate Bill 92, which would roll back local nondiscrimination ordinances. The resolution points to 10 reported hate incidents in Austin tracked by the Southern Poverty Law Center following the Nov. 8 election, which include a Latino man being told to go "back to where he came from," an anti-gay slur on a woman's door, and swastikas drawn on a sidewalk. The UT Campus Climate Response Team, the commissioners note, has seen higher than average reports of bias incidents based on race/ethnicity, religion, and nationality. In an even more direct response to the president-elect, the HRC is in the process of crafting a resolution that disavows Trump and bans the city's use of Trump services and products locally and in travel. Sponsored by Commissioners Joe Miguez and Garry Brown, the resolution was initially set for a vote on Nov. 28 but got tabled and pushed to the Jan. 2017 meeting. The commission will form a working group to clarify resolution language before taking a final vote and passing it along to Council. "The goal is to get a strong, unified statement condemning Trump's conduct," Miguez told the Chronicle. "I would rather wait and get it right than get it done quickly. We want to make sure it's absolutely accurate – after all, Trump is a litigious guy."